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iPhone 14 ‘Big and Bigger’ ad gets vocals removed for sounding like racial slur

Published Nov 28th, 2022 7:11AM EST
iPhone 14 Big and Bigger ad
Image: Apple Inc.

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The iPhone 14 was released over two months ago. The company wanted to highlight a new Plus model available in a similar marketing strategy as Apple did with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With that, the company released its “Big and Bigger” ad with the song Biggest by Idris Elba. But the problem is that the music sounds like Elba isn’t singing “Biggest,” which appears to be why Apple removed the song’s vocals from its ad.

While it took Apple almost two months to remove the vocals, TikTok users and people on social media quickly noticed the uncomfortable resemblance between the word “Biggest” and a racial slur.

On Apple’s official YouTube channel, you can still watch the September 7 “Big and Bigger” iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus ad. Still, you’ll notice that the video only has the song’s instrumentals and not the lyrics.

Apple still credits Idris Elba’s song, but it’s not possible to hear her singing, “biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest, it’s the biggest bounce of the summer.” As you can see in the ad, Apple is highlighting the 6.1- and 6.7-inch displays available with the new iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models, as it’s the first time that the company offers a 6.7-inch display for non-Pro users.

Since the new iPhones don’t have many new features, highlighting a bigger display is undoubtedly the main point Apple wants its customers to know of – especially because the latest two iPhone mini models were a failure in sales, the company wanted to try something different this year.

While the iPhone 14 Plus isn’t also a success in sales, having people misinterpret the word “Biggest” in the ad is also not helpful for the company.

In the video below, you can see AppleTrack highlighting the older version of the ad against the new one without the vocals.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.